#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Now

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It’s THURSDAY!! And that means it’s time for our #ThursdayTen!

Using the above image as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

After last week’s break you should be fresh and ready to go!

On that note, so should I.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Dusk. She summoned the birds. It was time to fly.

Here’s the tweet if you’re looking for that:

#WednesdayWisdom: The circle of boats

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It’s a hazy, foggy kind of day, the sun glaring off of the white. Cooler than yesterday I think.

I had trouble falling asleep and then didn’t sleep long, so I’m tired today in that streaky, floaty kind of way. The coffee has yet to help.

Might need more.

I can’t rule it out.

A friend over on twitter posted this tweet, and I replied:

The circle of boats. Here in Chicago, they’re starting to return like flocks of seabirds, nesting into their docks. There, in the crystal blue sea, their time to bask in the tropical sun has ended for now.

Everything has an ebb and flow. Everything has a time and a season.

Our seasons don’t always align.

Sometimes our seasons flow around one another, you to us, us to you, and again and again.

But wherever they are, docked in water or stored on dry land, the boats still exist.

They’re still there.

Unless they belong to Russian oligarchs and then they’ve probably been seized.

Have a great Wednesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Aren’t they all.

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It’s Tuesday, so here’s the link to my #MomUpdate, “All the silent clubs.” And now on with Tuesday.

It’s been a mixed-up kind of morning. I worked out longer than I intended and it threw me off, but I needed it for sure.

I’ll call this week an endurance week.

And yes, I agree with you, aren’t they all.

It’s very warm today, like summer warm, and it’s another Chicago year in which I wonder what happened, exactly, to spring. It basically appears for a day or two, shows off its outfit and says “I’m out.”

At least it’s not freezing.

I feel like “endurance,” given everything going on right now, is an appropriate theme.

Anyway, that’s it for me for today. Have a great Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Can you dance on an elliptical?

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It’s sunny today. I know. It surprised me too.

I had an amazing workout this morning, long and intense. Giving myself back complete control of my workouts has proven very freeing.

Can you dance on an elliptical?

Just ask Depeche Mode and me. The answer is yes.

It was the kind of weekend I wasn’t sorry to see go, with Mother’s Day a gray unknown.

It was OK, it wasn’t great, but it’s over and that’s a relief, really. Though if you had a lovely one, I’m glad to hear it, you deserved it, your mom deserved it, everyone deserves a special day.

Anyway, my rage continues to burn, the idea that christofascism controls the US Supreme Court is, frankly, nauseating.

But we are not finished yet. We survived trump and we will undo his squalid aftermath.

That’s it for me this morning. Have a great Monday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: As that great philosopher once said…

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I know it will shock you to hear this, but it’s raining again today.

I’m starting to feel like I’m in that Ray Bradbury story, “All Summer in a Day.

Now that’s a sad story.

But as that great philosopher once said, “The sun’ll come out.”

Tomorrow?

Maybe not.

But maybe.

It’s been a long week for obvious reasons. I haven’t had enough sleep, and this weather is kind of the definition of nap weather.

So far today, though, my head is holding.

Fingers crossed.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you this week. I hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, and stand strong against those people who would rip your rights from you.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Break.

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I’m taking a little Thursday Ten break this week! Let’s all digest the news and meet up next week.

Fair?

If you’re really wanting to cut those ten word teeth, feel free to use the above image as a prompt!

See you tomorrow for a regular post!

#WednesdayWisdom: I will tell you one truth.

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You’ll be shocked to learn that it’s gray again today. It’s quite a string of rainy days here in Chicago, a longer streak than I remember for quite some time.

The flowers should be very pretty though.

It’s chilly too, a bracing spring day. Those have their place in the scheme of things.

And after I wrote that part, a patch of blue appeared in the sky. Fleeting, but there. Fitting.

I will tell you one truth: the dark days haven’t left us. Not yet.

Things are better, no question, but the people who need to oppress people to feel like they have any worth aren’t letting go.

They are desperate, their own kind of sick as they watch their supply of inflicting suffering on others, of controlling others’ lives diminish.

It’s not the time to give up. It’s not the time to resign ourselves to their wishes.

It is the time to use the fallout from their getting what they want against them. Only they want this.

Most people here don’t.

They have set their own trap. Like a Greek tragedy, Republicans are the authors of their own demise.

Keep strong. Keep the faith that we will prevail and brighter days wait ahead. And have a great Wednesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: In case you’re wondering yes it’s as bad here as it sounds.

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First, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Our whole lives.” And on with Tuesday.

To my friends in other places in the world wondering what, on earth, is happening in the erstwhile “land of the free,” it does, in fact, look like the highest court in the US, the Supreme Court (Supreme Court of the United States or SCOTUS as it gets called on social media) is set to overrule the landmark case that made abortion safe and legal in the US.

The important thing is that abortion is not all that case covers. The right to abortion is based in the right to privacy. Right to privacy from the government is the reasoning for a whole lot of other things: access to birth control, for example.

The draft opinion also makes clear these “Justices” will try to overturn same-sex marriage. Essentially they want to create a theocracy based in a single religion despite the Constitution prohibiting that.

The problem is that the Court has the full authority to say what the Constitution MEANS. It says what the Court says it says.

We are, to put it technically, screwed.

There are some possible remedies. Congress can pass a law saying abortion is legal. The problem is the Court can overrule it and say it’s not constitutional.

Unless one of these conservatives leaves–unlikely–or goes to prison–who knows in the case of Clarence Thomas whose wife may have helped plan the insurrection–our best option is to expand the Court.

Right now, there are 13 federal circuits. There should be 13 Justices. The number should remain tied to the size of the federal bench.

Of course none of this is easy. And Democrats would have to expand our bare majority in the Senate in the elections coming up in November.

The former guy may be former, but his damage lives on.

Anyway, have a great Tuesday in spite of it all. We’re doing our best over here, but the fascists are pernicious.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: You deserve it.

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You will be shocked to know that it’s gray again today. I’ll give you a moment to gather yourself.

Even though it’s May and those April showers are supposed to be behind us. False advertising, I tell you.

Of course, my friends on the other side of the world are feeling a different rhythm as they ease into Autumn, their showers growing colder as ours get warmer. Round and round we go.

Round and round.

A while ago I got one of those coffee tables with a lifting lid, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve gotten. I eat on it, I write on it, and the best part about it I didn’t even know about when I got it. It has slow-close hinges, so you just bring it down to a certain point and it closes itself.

No pinched fingers.

It’s funny, you don’t always know how an upgrade will change things for you. Sometimes they disappoint; sometimes they exceed all expectations.

But you won’t know until you try.

So promise me you will give yourself an upgrade. It can be anything; it doesn’t even have to cost money. You can upgrade your fitness by taking a walk outside, for example. You can upgrade your state of mind with meditations on Youtube.

Or get yourself that thing you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it.

Have a great Monday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Sometimes you just know.

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You’ll be shocked to learn it’s another gray day, the sky a flat dome of clouds. My head’s OK though.

So far.

Tomorrow will mark four months of daily yoga, and this morning while doing the practice on the Yoga with Adriene monthly calendar, I realized that my time with Adriene for yoga, at least for now, is complete.

Right in middle of the practice.

I silently thanked her, offered a namaste and walked off the mat.

I’m going to try something different next month. Perhaps even tomorrow, I will decide when tomorrow comes. This journey has been wonderful as its own exploration but the time has come to change things a little.

It was such a full, clear realization too. No hemming or hawing. No agonizing. Just the knowledge that I’d gotten what I was there for and it was time to try something new.

Sometimes you just know.

So thank you, Adriene, there in your corner of the internet, for offering such a generous gift to all of us, for free, and providing the opportunity to take what we need.

That’s it for me, on this last blogging day of April. I hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.